Salve may have an old-fashioned persona (and a tough-to-pronounce name), but there’s a reason grandma always had the miracle worker on hand: it works!Not to be confused with body butter or lotion, salve is a simple combination of herbal oil and beeswax—no water—that’s super concentrated to promote healing. It can moisturize those rough patches, de-chap your face and lips, soften dry skin, help heal cracks, and give your super dry hands a hand—so basically, coat your skin in head-to-toe goodness. Making it yourself means money saved, plus you avoid chemicals and petroleum products. Oh, and did we mention it’s super easy to make? Like super easy.The star ingredient here is calendula. Soothing and anti-inflammatory, the medicinal marigold-ish flower has long been used as a remedy to resurrect dry skin thanks to its wound healing, hydrating powers. Infusing it with olive oil, a potent antioxidant and moisturizer, doubles its powers. Combining the … [Read more...] about How To Make A Soothing Herbal Salve To Heal Dry Skin
Nothing makes you want to hide from the world quite like a cold sore. The herpes simplex type 1 virus, which affects about half the U.S. population, can flare up at the most inopportune times in the most inopportune place—your lips. And attempting to cover up those unsightly red bumps with concealer, well, that somehow just makes everything a whole lot worse.Lucky for you, there are plenty of simple and inexpensive ways to shorten the duration of cold sores (or prevent them altogether) that are seriously effective, from natural OTC creams to dietary changes to simple relaxation techniques. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. … [Read more...] about 5 Natural Ways To Prevent And Heal Cold Sores
Athlete’s foot can stop you in your tracks. Also called tinea pedis, the funky fungal infection commonly strikes between the toes (blame sweat and moisture), and can turn feet red, scaly, flaky and super itchy—yes, even women! Stop itching and start doing something about it. Even if you’ve tried over-the-counter creams and gels to no avail, we have a crop of natural treatments—doctor and science approved—that can turn your tootsies back to Cinderella status, no fairy godmother required! 1. Oil of oreganoThe herbaceous oil doesn’t smell the best, but thanks to its active ingredients carvacrol and thymol it can fight fungus. One study not only found that it can treat athlete’s foot, but it had the most antifungal powers of all 11 essential oils tested. Treatment: Mix two drops oil of oregano and 2 drops tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon anti-fungal emu oil and apply to both feet and nails, suggests Dr. Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CES, a … [Read more...] about 9 Natural Treatments For Athlete’s Foot
All-too-common dog food and treat recalls may have you thinking a bit more about what's in your pet's bowl (check out the 5 terrible ingredients in pet food). After all, pets are part of your family and you want to keep them healthy and happy. So we invited Shelly Rubin, VMD, director emeritus of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago and past president of the Illinois State Veterinary Association, to debunk common pet myths so you can keep your furry friends thriving. Make your dog these delicious bacon cheddar treats: … [Read more...] about 9 Common Pet Myths—Debunked
As a holistic veterinarian, I encourage pet owners to feed fresh organic foods to their animals. While many conventional doctors discourage clients from feeding dogs and cats "people food," I believe fresh organic food contributes to improved health in my patients. There are many foods that are easy to grow, appeal to most pets, and provide health benefits. While this applies to both cats and dogs, many cats do not seem to relish produce as much as dogs, but it's worth experimenting.Fruits and vegetables are generally low in calories, which means they make great treats for pets on a diet. As for how much to feed a pet, I don't suggest a particular amount, as long as the vegetables or fruits make up no more than 20 to 25 percent of a dog's diet (if you are feeding a processed natural food) or 40 to 50 percent of a natural homemade diet.While vegetables can be consumed raw, steaming or sautéing are better alternatives. Spice things up with salt, pepper, turmeric, lemon, or just … [Read more...] about Is It OK To Feed Your Dog Fruits And Vegetables?